Crazy for Cloches

A few posts back, I wrote about trying on a fancy (pricey) grey cloche at Anthropologie. Yesterday I was at Target and saw that they have a whole range of cloche hats, priced at just $16.99:

Of course, I couldn’t resist trying them on. First up, this one in mustard yellow – probably my favorite of the lot:


I really liked this too! Hunter green is a great jewel tone for fall/winter, and so easy to mix & match with the muted tones of this season while adding a subtle dash of color.

Grey with felt appliques. A little too much embellishment for me.

Well, after all the hat modeling, I walked away empty-handed: I didn’t think that I would get very much wear out of a cloche hat here in LA.

What color would you choose?

Fall Hats

We were strolling around our neighborhood mall today when I did my requisite “seeking inspiration” tour of Anthropologie (they always have great displays and cool ideas).

There were hats for sale and of course, just like sunglasses, they beg to be tried on and modeled, no?

Cumbrian Fells Rancher hat ($68), apparently listed as “blue” on the Anthropologie website. Am I colorblind, or is this GREEN?!

Scarf-cinched cloche ($48)
I thought this hat was pretty cute, especially since it matched my new chunky infinity scarf so nicely. I could totally imagine walking around Central Park in NYC feeling all chi-chi with this hat+scarf combo. But now, looking on the website, I realized that the brim should have been folded up? Probably explains why it was covering half my face.

Cool trivia about cloche hats from Wikipedia:

Its name is derived from cloche, the French word for “bell”.

By the end of the 1920s, it became fashionable to turn the brims on cloche hats upwards. This style remained prevalent until the cloche hat became obsolete around 1933 or ’34.

Often, different styles of ribbons affixed to the hats indicated different messages about the wearer. Several popular messages included: An arrow-like ribbon which indicated a girl was single but had already given her heart to someone, a firm knot which signaled marriage or a flamboyant bow which indicated the wearer was single and interested in mingling.

My interest is piqued to try a hat, but instead of these fine options at fine prices, I’ll probably check out the more budget-friendly options like Target, Ross or TJ Maxx!

I have a head for hats

Women Crochet Hat, Uniqlo, $ 34.90

I tried this orange crochet hat on the other day at Uniqlo while with Beefy. As usual, Beefy was egging me on to just buy it  (sigh, the man is not good to shop with when you are on a budget).

I also tried on a jockey cap, and it occurred to me that I LOOK GOOD IN HATS.

Women’s jockey hat, Uniqlo, $34.90

What the heck. I live in a country where there isn’t a hat-wearing culture. And, the cheapo that I am, I am really not keen to invest in pieces that I barely use. I mean, I’m not the sort who would bring accessories in a suitcase. Where to find the space??? (I like packing light.)The only hat I have in my wardrobe now is the Daiso straw hat that we bought for a certain surprise picnic birthday party a couple of years ago. Remember this?


It is now my goddaughter’s toy, when she plays pretend picnic at home… she was already a fashionista at age 5 (she’s now 7 🙂 )

[Am still thinking about that orange hat….]